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Status quo: Brown staying at Texas, Saban at Alabama

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What could have been a monumental night in college football coaching news turned out to be a bit of a dud. In the end, the status quo remains unchanged as Nick Saban is locked in to a multi-year extension at Alabama and Mack Brown is staying put at Texas.

The news started to unravel from the scripted narrative this week when word got out of Alabama that Saban had finally agreed to sign his extension with the university. The multi-year deal is said to be a long-term deal but the details of the new contract for college football’s richest coach have yet to be shared. That sent a buzz throughout the college football social media world and reached Austin, Texas, where the Texas Longhorns were holding their annual football banquet. Brown had yet to address the banquet’s attendees but he was being given plenty of praise from those asked to speak at the event.

That included new athletics director Steve Patterson, who said he was excited to be working with Brown for years to come. It was later reported, first by Bobby Burton of 247 Sports.

This was the first official confirmed report to state Brown will be back with the Longhorns although it is worth mentioning there is not any confirmed statements suggesting he will be back in 2014. That does appear to be the case at this point, but those who choose to nitpick every word in every report and statement will be quick to suggest Brown could certainly still be the coach for the Longhorns for one more game before a pending change could be made. That is fair.

All we know for a fact right now is that Saban will be the head coach at Alabama and Brown will be the coach at Texas.

For at least a couple more weeks anyway.

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49 Responses to “Status quo: Brown staying at Texas, Saban at Alabama”
  1. suprmous says: Dec 13, 2013 9:43 PM

    The witchin hour hasn’t come and gone yet.

  2. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 9:49 PM

    Yep, I said suprmous would lose what was left of her mind if Saban didn’t leave Alabama.

    Some of us pin our sporting hopes to the football teams we love. Others just wallow in the bitterness of being the one he left behind.

  3. sallust99 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:54 PM

    #hornslegendsintheirownminds # mackisback

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:55 PM

    Mutual admiration society at the Longhorn
    Football banquet tonight. Let’s see what they have to say after Oregon puts 70 on Robinson’s read and react (to late) defense. Mack Brown will slink away into oblivion.

  5. be4bama says: Dec 13, 2013 9:56 PM

    HAHAHA #Losers

  6. blacknole08 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:00 PM

    And Jimbo is staying at FSU.

    Go Noles!

  7. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:01 PM

    Lol, what are the chances the news comes out at the exact same time? I don’t really think anyone in the SEC is too worried about Saban staying, Alabama looks more and more mortal. As is happens all the time college football runs in cycles, Bama’s cycle is almost over, Saban’s getting old, it won’t be too much longer.

    And for those that say Bama barely lost their game, and that Auburn got lucky…300 rushing yards would say differently, they’ve been exposed.

  8. heauxbeaux44 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:08 PM

    Fireworks are going off in trailer parks of Tuskeyloser Al….bet Deb is celebrating with a bucket of chicken from KFC…

    Gumps…lmao….get to watch Awbarn win another NC…ha ha ha…

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:10 PM

    Saban is getting old. Cool. Schedule them for a non conference game.

    1) NO ONE had said he will be back in 2014.

    2) MAYBE his replacement is playing in a big bowl game or the NFL so they can’t announce it yet. I still think Mack is gone, but who knows.

  10. imaduffer says: Dec 13, 2013 10:13 PM

    I’m happy for both programs. Sorry UT you will still remain irrelevant. The Alamo Bowl is your bowl.

  11. sallust99 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:13 PM

    It’s official Mack is back sorry

  12. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 10:24 PM

    @heauxbeaux44 …

    Really, novoodoo4409? A bigoted jackass by any other name is still a bigoted jackass. And a bigoted jackass who doesn’t realize that when the rest of the country ridicules Southerners they’re including Cajuns, is an exceptionally dimwitted bigoted jackass. So when you ridicule Southerners, you’re an exceptionally dimwitted masochistic bigoted jackass. Bless your heart.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:24 PM

    Nothing is official, yet. Saban was NEVER coming to Texas anyway. Now, everyone just hold your breath until after the “preliminary” bowl games. Then, we’ll see what’s really going down.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:29 PM

    Glad to see Bender4700 is off this site again. It’s refreshing to see reasonable opinions without being attacked.

  15. apkyletexas says: Dec 13, 2013 10:36 PM

    Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz were horrible hires that set the program back 5 years.

    UT probably didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Now that they are finally done with the insanse Harsin/Diaz experiment, it’s time to see what Brown and Applewhite can put together given an entire offseason.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Horns back on top of the conference next season.

  16. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 13, 2013 10:40 PM

    Where’s that one dude with the powerful booster at Thanksgiving dinner?

  17. jimbo75025 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:52 PM

    sportsguy3434 says: Dec 13, 2013 10:10 PM

    2) MAYBE his replacement is playing in a big bowl game or the NFL so they can’t announce it yet. I still think Mack is gone, but who knows.

    Sorry Charlie, but this is college and recruiting is the name of the game. Coaching instability=hard recruiting=even worse results on the field.

    They had to make a move either keeping Mack or let him go now before heading into the holiday dead period.

    Coaches can leave college for the pros a month after the NCAA season.

    The opposite direction or a move from one program to the next has to be a least agreed to within a week or so of the end of the regular season so you can tell the recruits something.

  18. thefiesty1 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:02 PM

    …..and the circus continues.

  19. rabbi187 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:03 PM

    Nick Saban is still a scum bag genius. Mack Brown is still a classy under achiever. Who is the real winner?

  20. bralinshan says: Dec 13, 2013 11:05 PM

    Didn’t this site break the news that Saban was headed for Texas?
    Based on some dimwit and his tweet? That same tweet that he started backtracking on soon after?
    “Journalism” is DEAD. Now, it’s the wild west in “reporting” and you can’t believe a word that you read.

  21. southernpatriots says: Dec 13, 2013 11:09 PM

    You are so right, journalism by and large is dead. Journalistic standards are not usually applied to rumors, but that aside, your premise is fairly accurate…sports journalists will often repeat rumors and give them credence, while hard news journalists are few today. True journalists have lamented the demise of journalism for over 30 years now and it is becoming rarer and rarer as each day passes.

  22. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:14 PM

    Lol at heauxmeaux44. Sad much? Hope life improves for you.

    Also super, I like you, but you have a little crow to eat. It’s not bad with the right seasoning.

    I said on another thread, Texas has it’s fans in a frenzy for Saban. And the pay off is keeping Brown? I thought at least they would overpay for Freeze. Texas is learning a hard fact. It isn’t easy for the top tier programs to hire top tier coaches. They can’t just hand pick who they want anymore. I’m sure Saban wasn’t their only refusal.

    Dear God, where is crisper? I thought you knew the pose brokers at UT personally? You had the scoop my friend. You should be selling that info to radar online.

    Also a shout out to all the posters who knew exactly what Saban had going through his mind. Mrs. Cleo needs you back on the psychic hotline phones. Your late for work.

    Roll Tide

  23. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:19 PM

    Southern, journalism died when newspapers started endorsing candidates. It’s been rotting ever since.

  24. doggeatdogg says: Dec 13, 2013 11:23 PM

    There was this vibe the school did not want to fire him but preferred he stepped down and pave the way for a new coach.

    There was a vibe from Brown’s camp he wasn’t going to step down and the job change talk was crazy talk. The recruiting trip to Miami was outright strange, almost a message to UT, ‘I’m not stepping down unless you fire me.’

    There is a sense he made it difficult for the school to acquire Saban and the powers that be will not be happy with another UT down year in 2014 or any other year.

    Also, Saban may have gotten the word Brown is not budging and to avoid a Tom Landry / Jimmy Johnson scenario, he signed the contract. This time next year we will see this drama again.

  25. 1990tiger says: Dec 13, 2013 11:26 PM

    I wonder which news event happened first and whether it had any effect on the other event (i.e. did Saban decide to stay at AL, therefore UT decided to keep Brown or did UT decide to keep Brown, therefore Saban decided to stay at AL). Of course, it is possible that neither event had any affect on the other.

    What I hate most about Brown staying at UT this year is I think Malzhan could have another great season at AU next year making him a candidate for the UT job if Brown does decide to leave after next year. AU doesn’t have the same account balance UT does.

  26. doggeatdogg says: Dec 13, 2013 11:30 PM

    BTW, I’m not comparing Brown to Landry in terms of coaching accomplishments and all that, just the way he was made to leave the Cowboys after so many year of service. Who can forget that. It’s possible Saban may have not wanted to ride into town under similar circumstance.

  27. southernpatriots says: Dec 13, 2013 11:34 PM

    Norm, you have a great point. I’ve had many conversations with newspaper editors and owners, expressing a similar concern. Crow tastes better with alot of Louisiana hot sauce. If you put enough, you will barely taste the crow.

    I had a long and heated discussion with the principals at Consumer’s Union which publishes Consumer Reports, of which I was a life time member and resigned during my conversation with them.

    They endorsed ObamaTax/Care and admitted they did not even read it. They were supposed to represent fair evaluations, without bias. On this matter, they threw out those standards because it involved something of which they liked the concept. Most fellow physicians I know will not accept the terms of the legislation and in many locales there will not be a doctor who is in the program. Consumers Union admitted they had not considered this and some other factors which have come to light in recent weeks.

    If journalists and Consumers Union cannot be depended upon to be fair and follow standards they themselves established, where do we go from there?

  28. realfootballfan says: Dec 13, 2013 11:35 PM

    Guess Chip Brown, whoever the hell that is, doesn’t know everything about Texas football.

  29. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 11:38 PM

    Norm, had to laugh at the bit about newspapers endorsing candidates because that tradition goes back generations. Can’t blame the demise of the industry on that :) Many things are to blame. Thanks to 24-hour news networks and social media reporters no longer take time to develop and vet stories. They just run with the latest rumor and damn the consequences.

    In fairness, though, CFT didn’t “break” the news. They simply ran a tweet on an already breaking story and shared their “guess” that “something is going on.” This site’s job is to generate page hits, and they did their job without committing to anything :)

  30. realfootballfan says: Dec 13, 2013 11:41 PM


    Is he an LSU fan? If so, he should thank Saban for fixing that mess. When I was growing up, I remember the Curley Hallman debacle fondly amongst other disasters that came and went through Baton Rouge. It was always a funny joke to hear from the commentators when they would tout LSU as somewhere no one wanted to play at night because of the “mystique of Death Valley.” Well, he just actually made all of that true again.

    Being the bitter ex, especially 10 years later, is sad when your ex left you with significant improvement to build on after he left.

  31. normtide says: Dec 13, 2013 11:48 PM

    My point exactly southern. Reporters should never have agendas.

    Btw, crow does taste better with hot sauce. I knew because I’ve had my share of it. Merry Christmas to your family and go SEC!

    War eagle- Auburn’s coaches always seem loyal. Auburn is a great place to coach. They have a great atmosphere on the plains.

  32. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 14, 2013 12:06 AM

    Wow, first we lose A&M, forgive me, we gained TCU!

    Lost, a few of the big boys including Saben.

    But, in all fairness we have a new and reinvigorated Coach Brown and one hell of a year ahead of us. Go Horns.

    Watch out Rice! You want a piece of us Texas State? Go Horns!

  33. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 12:07 AM

    @realfootballfan …

    It’s a she. And yes, she’s an LSU fan. She’s ripped Saban all over these boards for three years and me along with him. Stooping to her level wasn’t my finest hour on here. But my repeated attempts to play nice were always spurned. In a hilarious turn of events, she’s now lamenting on another thread how she’s tried so hard to change but “some” just won’t let her. Yeah–those efforts have been evident in all her gleeful anti-Saban posts of the last few days. I know better than to get in her sandbox. But sometimes “Deb the Diva”–one of the many nasty things she routinely calls me–can’t resist dishing some of it back.

  34. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 14, 2013 12:17 AM

    Good for Texas and good for Mack Brown. I remember the john Makovic years and I know what Mack Brown has done. I’m glad UT has to acknowledge that too. Mack gets to go when he wants to.

  35. ladyhuckleberry says: Dec 14, 2013 1:40 AM

    Deb, I’ve sat back and watched you tear apart people until I’ve had my gut full. You’re exactly what my friend Suprmous has said you are time and time again: you have tunnel vision, you don’t allow anyone to have an opinion and speak out as to how they feel, let alone have a different opinion from you, and you feel the need to be holier than thou. What you should be doing is going to seek professional help and get on medication, if you aren’t already, for your delusions of grandure. Not everybody’s going to agree with either of you but at least mouse does know how to come across as being diplomatic whereas you come across as a bull in a china shop. As for the tunnel vision all you know how to do’s give reference to Bama, Saban, and the Steelers as if these are the only things in Life. This is all you talk about and I for one don’t see you say much of anything else unless you center it around these three things or criticize somebody. Your life must be very empty with nothing else to talk about. I’m sure you’ll come at me as you’ve done in the past but quite frankly I don’t give a damn because when you come after me you’re letting these other folks have a rest. While you’re pointing fingers at others just remember you’re not above having blame and being without fault(s) as you conveintly choose to be. We all have our short comings and you’re no different.

  36. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 1:51 AM

    Wow Huck, tell us how you really feel. Look, I like super, but you can’t trash a person and swear they are liars, and what they say is a lie. Promise you know they are leaving and pre-mock their tears, for almost a week, then claim to be a victim. When you talk big, sometimes you get a big response.

    Secondly, no one should let their day be ruined by posters on college football talk.

  37. suprmous says: Dec 14, 2013 1:53 AM

    Deb, you play nice; whata a joke. You wouldn’t know how if it kicked you between the eyes or in your ass.

  38. suprmous says: Dec 14, 2013 2:04 AM

    normtide, I just saw what my friend wrote and believe it or not I can’t believe she went that far in a way but in another I can. She’s a mother hen where I’m concerned and with all the health concerns and other things goin on with me she’s feelin the need to protect me. I can only apologize that she got carried away with her over protectivness.

  39. normtide says: Dec 14, 2013 2:14 AM

    Never apologize for having great friends.

    Mrs. Super, I believe you have plenty of fight in you, health issues won’t stand a chance. (Hope that came out right). Everything aside, keeping you in our prayers. Have a blessed day and many more to come!

  40. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 2:43 AM

    All I talk about on the football blogs is my football teams. Yeah, my tunnel vision is a big problem.

    As a three-time cancer survivor who’s had 29 surgeries, I’m sympathetic to anyone else’s health issues. But I fight my own battles. These two have been tag-teaming me for years. From the moment the Huckleberry person came onto the site, she did nothing but post nasty diatribes at anyone and everyone. Just run a search. I was always polite to her. Finally, I suggested that perhaps a football blog wasn’t the best venue for her. She went berserk, lambasted me all over the place, and I responded in kind. Then her mous sidekick tagged in.

    My mistake was to get down in the mud with the pair of them and let my antagonism with two dingalings affect relationships with other good people on the boards. I still regret that more than I can say. And that’s all I’m sayin’ about that.

    Merry Christmas, ladies.

  41. suprmous says: Dec 14, 2013 2:56 AM

    Go to the point of calling somebody names and it shows just how much you were reared and not raised. Undoubtedly you didn’t have very much raisin. As for us bein a tag team, au contraire but allow me to say that friends do have a way of stickin up for one another. As old as she is she’ll take you task anyday, havin to be on dialysis and born with polio I’ll take you on as well. Step up to the plate and bring it. You want to say it was a mistake gettin down in the mud with us I have to wonder how it feels to battle with yourself everyday.

  42. tg1896 says: Dec 14, 2013 8:10 AM

    Dialysis? Surgery? Polio? Does this site have a moderator? Is this about college football or an online catfight? You people need to take deep breath and back away slowly. That way no one gets hurt. Jeez…what a fiasco this is.

  43. boomgrounder says: Dec 14, 2013 9:35 AM

    The new AD said he was looking forward to working with Mack Brown for years to come . But he didn’t say in what capacity. HC, Special Consultant to the AD, Fund Raiser, etc.
    Since Saban is off the table I believe Texas will set their sights on Jimbo Fischer or Gus Malzhan With Agent Jimmy Sexton handling negotiations behind the scenes in Austin the coaches will just do their job and prepare and coach the National Championship Game. Mack Brown has already negotiated his golden parachute and he will get to coach his final bowl game and keep all the recruits in tow. The National Championship Game will be a winner takes all for the Crystal Coaches Trophy and the highest paid contract in the history of CFB to be the next HC at the University of Texas!
    The deal is in the works as we speak. Sexton had to get Saban’s Bama deal done and now he starts negotiating with Texas.

  44. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 14, 2013 9:51 AM

    Chip Brown has just reported that the Beatles are getting back together.

  45. polegojim says: Dec 14, 2013 10:08 AM

    Mack was asked to postpone while Saban decided…

    That’s why they had all the ‘pre press release’ statements… that carried no news

    That’s why as soon as Saban came out… so did statements on Mack.

    If Saban agreed… he’d be the UT HC right now.

    Alabama matched… so Saban stayed… and tough for UT, so did Mack.

    Lastly… I love SoutPats, Deb, Suprmous, and Norm.

  46. gorilladunk says: Dec 14, 2013 10:14 AM

    @goodfield….now THAT was funny! Chip Brown is usually pretty plugged in as far as UT goes, I’m sure he’s a bit embarrassed today. I do, however, wonder why Patterson or Powers have not come out and said, “Mack WILL be the coach at UT in 2014.” As a fan of the crimson and cream this has been an enjoyable sideshow to watch and follow the past few days.

  47. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 10:33 AM

    @polegojim …

    Agree with you that everything turned on Saban’s decision to stay at Alabama. Whether that was because Bama matched the Texas offer or because he has indeed decided to retire there … we may never know.

    The affection is mutual :)

  48. gfj7000 says: Dec 14, 2013 2:05 PM

    Dec. 30th – Alamo Bowl

    Score – Oregon – 56 – – Texas – 7

    Jan. 1st – Mack Brown – GONE

    New Head Coach 2014 – TBD?

  49. southernpatriots says: Jan 16, 2014 12:27 PM

    The Auburn Tigers also do not seem to be as hard on their coaches…ha.

    Have a great 2014, Norm!

    (sorry for so long to reply. Having some problems with WordPress)

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